New Balance Renew Review

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The New Balance Renew Thongs are a great pair of casual sandals that many customers seem to love. They offer a decent amount of comfort, thanks to the contoured footbed and the soft lining under the straps. You will not need to worry about rubbing and blisters while walking around in these. They come in a plethora of colors so you are sure to find something that is going to best suit your wants and needs.

The sandals are more for casual wear and will not fit in great in a formal or business setting, but that does not mean they don’t have their place. Whether sitting by the pool, heading to the beach, or shopping with friends, you will look great wearing these flip flops. They might not be the cheapest sandals on the market, but they are by no means the most expensive either. The competitive price tag mixed with the long-lasting durability makes these a great investment that anyone can appreciate. These shoes would be a welcomed addition to your summer wardrobe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Super comfortable
  • Contoured footbed
  • Great arch support
  • Decent traction
  • Long life span
  • Super lightweight
Cons
  • Moderate price tag
  • Needs breaking in
  • Stretches over time
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the New Balance Renew Thongs is made out of a synthetic thermoplastic rubber compound that is designed to ensure these sandals are going to be able to take quite the beating and not suffer from any premature wear and tear. The soles materials are also going to ensure that you get a nice and flexible feel while you are on the go.

The sticky rubber outsole combined with the excellent tread pattern helps to ensure that you are going to have a decent amount of traction while you are out and about. Of course, you are wearing flip flops so you should not be veering off the beaten path too far, but if you are sticking to relatively flat and non-abrasive surfaces you should have no problem staying on your feet in these things.

Whether hanging out where it is dry or encountering a wet patch, these shoes are going to help prevent you from slipping and falling as they are able to hold quite the grip.
Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of the New Balance Renew Thongs are made out of smooth and synthetic materials to ensure you get some decent durability out of them as well as providing you with a comfortable experience. They feature a breathable fabric lining under the straps to give you a wonderful feeling where they sit on your skin.

Even though the majority of your feet are going to be exposed to the air so they will be able to remain cool throughout the day, the part that is under your straps will also be able to do the same which is essential, especially on warmer day. Since the air can easily flow through the materials you will not have to worry about that part of your foot overheating.

The soft straps over your feet are going to help ensure that you have a relatively pleasant in-shoe experience while you are out and about. You should not have any problems with rubbing or chafing that can cause nasty blisters and cause discomfort. Unfortunately, some customers have stated that the straps fit their feet fairly well at first but then after a couple wears they tend to stretch out a little so this is going to be something you might want to keep in mind when purchasing this product.
Midsole

Midsole

When you are wearing these thongs your feet will be sitting atop a platform that sits about a quarter of an inch high, so there is not a whole lot going on under your feet and you are sitting relatively close to the ground. That means that there is not a whole lot of room for added cushioning and padding, but that is Ok, that is not something that these shoes require. They might not have a lot of underfoot cushioning but what they do have is a midsole made out of PureAlign foam that helps give you a little extra support where you need it as well as helps promote a more natural alignment while you are wearing them.

Additionally, the footbed is contoured to give you a more personalized fit, shaping around your feet comfortably. Customers have stated that is sits really nicely around your arches giving you some great support, especially if you are going to be on your feet for extended periods of time.

The platform is also textured which may seem a bit odd but this is going to help give you a little bit of traction inside of your shoe, to help keep your feet from sliding around while you are wearing them to help keep you from falling and potentially hurting yourself. Keep in mind though that they do get slippery if they are wet and even though you have the textured patterns on them to help prevent slipping, you should still use caution when they get wet.
Fit

Fit

They way your shoes fit your feet is crucial for your comfort level and the amount of support you receive. You want to make sure that these are going to fit your feet snugly without too much wiggle room. The problem with these flip flops, however, is that they tend to have a little bit of stretch to them.

Customers mentioned that after wearing them a couple of times the straps started to stretch out, causing their perfectly fitting shoes to become a little too loose. It is not too much of a difference and it barely even registers with a lot of customers, but there are some who see a noticeable difference so you might want to keep that in mind when deciding on what size to order.

These are running relatively true to size so that is going to help take a lot of the guesswork out of deciding what size you should purchase for the perfect fit. These are not available in wide sizes so if you have rather wide feet there are probably better options out there for you.
Durability

Durability

When you are in the market for a pair of shoes you are going to want to make sure that you are purchasing something that is going to last and give you your monies worth out of them. If you are going to be spending your hard earned money on a product you want it to last and not have to worry about having to turn around and spend it again after a short while because they did not live up to the hype.

Thankfully, customers are happy with the durability of this product and have not had a lot of issues with them falling apart on them. When compared to other similar products, these have a competitive price tag. Mix that with the fact that they are going to last and you have yourself a pretty decent investment.

Whereas there does not seem to be a lot of problems with them falling apart or tearing, there are some things that should be pointed out. As mentioned above, the straps do tend to stretch a little over time and for some that can become a problem. Additionally, some customers mentioned that they can get dirty very easily, as well as causing them to look somewhat dingy under the straps (if you are purchasing lighter colors). This is not going to make the shoes unwearable but it is something that you might want to keep in mind.
Style

Style

Customers tend to really like the simple look and style of the New Balance Renew Thongs. They come in a plethora of different color options so you are sure to find something that will best suit your style and personality. They are available in black and green, black and pink, blue, brown and white, champagne, grey and pink, mint, navy and pink, rose gold, or black. No matter what color scheme you decide to go with, you will look great wearing them.

These are made more for a casual setting and as such, they might not pair too well in an office setting or with a formal dress, but a nice pair of jeans or a summer skirt will fit right in. There may not be a whole lot of versatility to them but they look great for running errands or hanging out by the pool.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is important with whatever you choose to put on your feet. You want to ensure that you have the freedom to move around and walk without your movements being restricted. The great thing about these thongs is that they are going to allow you to move and bend your feet as naturally and freely as possible. This is mostly thanks to the TPR outsole which is designed to give you a great amount of flexibility. Customers have had no complaints in this department when it comes to these sandals.
Support

Support

The New Balance Renew Thongs offer you a moderate amount of support, they are flip flops after all so you cannot expect to get too much out of them. The straps, as long as you get the correct fit, should do a decent job keeping your feet locked in. The textured pattern on the footbed also aids in this task. They midsole does get a bit slippery when they get wet so that is going to greatly reduce the amount of support you get from them. As long as you are dry you should have no problems keeping your feet inside the shoes.

As for arch support, customers have stated that they get a decent amount from these sandals, mostly thanks to the contoured footbed and the PureAlign foam. You will get a more custom fit and the support that you need, where you need it.
Weight

Weight

When it comes to your footwear of choice you are going to want to make sure that you are purchasing something that is going to be as light as possible on your feet. This is, even more, the case when talking about flip flops, since there is only a simple strap keeping them on your feet at all times. The great thing about this product is that they are super lightweight, almost weightless, coming in at only 4 ounces. Keep in mind that this measurement is only an approximation based on a size 9 medium and will vary depending on the size.

Customers can appreciate that they are not going to feel like they are walking around with unneccessary weight attached to their feet to hold them back or slow them down.
Comfort

Comfort

When it comes to what you choose to put on your feet it is important that whatever it is, it is comfortable. According to a majority of customers, these flip flops are going to provide you with a great deal of comfort that your feet will thank you for at the end of the day. The soft straps and contoured footbed ensure that your feet stay feeling great all day long. They offer good arch support as well which makes them ideal for those with higher arches.

Some reviewers mentioned that they can feel just a little bit stiff when you first get them, but they do stretch out a little and loosen up after time. If you get them and they do not feel the greatest just give them a couple wears to break them in and they will feel great.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for an overall great pair of comfortable sandals then you might want to take a look at the New Balance Renew Thongs. They offer superior comfort thanks to the contoured footbed and the soft straps, making sure your feet will thank you at the end of a long day on your feet. They have a moderate price tag but they do not suffer from premature wear and tear so they seem to be a pretty good investment and you will get your monies worth out of them.

Coming in several different color options ensures that there is something for everyone. Most customers love these shoes and would recommend them to their friends and family. They will make a welcomed addition to your summer wardrobe.